Champions League Round of 16 draw: Confirmed fixtures, dates, teams for first knockout phase of UEFA tournament

The UEFA Champions League is back and now we are into the business end of the competition.

After 32 teams entered the group phase, 16 remain for the knockout phase. Big names such as Manchester United have already exited the tournament, while surprise packages such as Copenhagen and Real Sociedad will hope to continue their adventure in the grandest of all European club competitions.

The draw for the Round of 16 took place on December 18, where the 16 remaining sides learned who they will meet when the competition resumes in February 2024.

Holders Manchester City were pitted against Copenhagen, the surprise package from Group A who defeated Manchester United en route to qualifying for the knockouts. Real Madrid will meet RB Leipzig, while Barcelona face a tough test in the form of Serie A champions Napoli.

The complete draw for the Round of 16 is mapped out below.

MORE: How the UEFA Champions League draw works

Teams in UEFA Champions League knockout stage

There are 16 teams who qualified for the knockout phase of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League.

The seeded teams are those that finished top of their group; the unseeded teams qualified in second place. Seeded and unseeded teams were drawn against one another in the Round of 16.

At this stage of the tournament, teams from the same country cannot play against each other. Similarly, no teams who were in the same group can face each other in the Round of 16 (for instance, Real Madrid could not have been drawn against Napoli). Those parameters do not apply once we get to the quarterfinal stage.

Team Group Seeded/Unseeded
Arsenal (ENG) B Seeded
Atletico Madrid (SPA) E Seeded
Barcelona (SPA) H Seeded
Bayern Munich (GER) A Seeded
Borussia Dortmund (GER) F Seeded
Manchester City (ENG) G Seeded
Real Madrid (SPA) C Seeded
Real Sociedad (SPA) D Seeded
Copenhagen (DEN) A Unseeded
Inter Milan (ITA) D Unseeded
Lazio (ITA) E Unseeded
RB Leipzig (GER) G Unseeded
Napoli (ITA) C Unseeded
PSG (FRA) F Unseeded
Porto (POR) G Unseeded
PSV (NED) B Unseeded

UEFA Champions League Round of 16 draw in full

The seeded team will play the second leg of the Round of 16 tie at home.

Round of 16 fixtures First leg Second leg
Porto vs. Arsenal Feb. 21 March 12
Napoli vs. Barcelona Feb. 21 March 12
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real Sociedad Feb. 14 March 5
Inter vs. Atletico Madrid Feb. 20 March 13
PSV vs. Borussia Dortmund Feb. 20 March 13
Lazio vs. Bayern Munich Feb. 14 March 5
Copenhagen vs. Manchester City Feb. 13 March 6
RB Leipzig vs. Real Madrid Feb. 13 March 6

When are the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 games?

After a two-month break from mid-December, the 2023/24 Champions League will resume with the Round of 16 stage in February 2024.

Teams play the first legs of their ties on February 13, 14, 20 or 21, with the return matches on March 5, 6, 12 or 13.

Away goals do not count in the Champions League after the rule was dropped before the 2021/22 season, so ties that are level at the end of normal time in the second leg go to extra time and, if necessary, penalties.

UEFA Champions League knockout stage schedule

The quarterfinals take place in April, with the semifinals starting on the final day of the month and concluding in May.

The final takes place on June 1, which is 13 days before the first game of Euro 2024 in Germany. Here’s the full knockout stage schedule.

Stage Dates
Round of 16 February 13/14, 20/21 (first legs); March 5/6, 12/13 (second legs)
Quarterfinals April 9/10 (first legs); 16/17 (second legs)
Semifinals April 30/May (first legs); May 7/8 (second legs)
Final June 1

 

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